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On today’s page I include an article on India and the planned nuclear reactors there.  I was struck by the fact that it will be a “multi-billion dollar market to American firms” .  But, at the same time, those  firms want to make sure that the Indian government (i.e the Indian taxpayer) will pay for any “industrial accident”.  (Quote ‘ India’s multi-billion-dollar nuclear market to American firms. US firms already worry over delays such as writing a new Indian law to limit US firms’ liability in case of an industrial accident’)

The nuclear industry wants the money – but not the responsibility.  They must think that the danger is important, to be concerning themselves so much about such liability.  Yet at the same time, they’ll tell us all that the industry is so very safe.

Do we take note of these contradictions?  Is this a new and so much more sophisticated version of Western colonial oppression?

December 9, 2009 Posted by | Christina's notes, India, spinbuster | , , , , , | 2 Comments

World religions want action on abolishing nuclear weapons

Faiths join to stress vital challenge of nuclear abolition, at Melbourne’s Parliament of the World’s Religions

TOKYO, Dec. 8 /PRNewswire/ — Buddhist, Christian, Jewish and Muslim representatives joined voices during the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Melbourne, Australia, on December 7, calling for moral leadership by the world’s religions in the effort to abolish nuclear weapons. Continue reading

December 9, 2009 Posted by | 2 WORLD, Religion and ethics | , , | Leave a comment

Indian villagers oppose US nuclear industry taking their land

US-India atomic deal – Land scarcity causes worry

News Centrer 8 Dec  2009

US nuclear firms said on Monday they were worried land scarcity in India could further delay a joint atomic deal already hobbled by policy holdups over issues such as accident liability protection.

A 50-member US business delegation this week is seeking to push the implementation of the deal, which promises to open up India’s multi-billion-dollar nuclear market to American firms.US firms already worry over delays such as writing a new Indian law to limit US firms’ liability in case of an industrial accident Continue reading

December 9, 2009 Posted by | India, politics | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Nuclear too slow, too late, too dirty, to stop climate change

Nuclear: wrong warming reaction Nuclear plants produce radioactive waste and are both slow and expensive to construct.
Minnesota Daily 12/07/2009

By Dan Endreson“………..nuclear power cannot stop global warming. Although nuclear power emits less carbon dioxide than coal, it is impossible to build enough nuclear plants to slow the effects of global warming. To make a difference, hundreds of new nuclear plants would need to be built over the next 20 years. Currently, construction of a new plant takes 10-15 years and costs over $6 billion.

We do not have the time or the money to rely on nuclear reactors to stop global warming………… If one wants to champion nuclear power in this country, they must also be willing to accept the possibility that Minnesota may one day be a permanent nuclear waste dump.

I would urge our policymakers to use our taxpayer dollars to further the development of true clean energy sources, such as wind and solar, rather than nuclear power, which leaves a legacy of radioactive waste and increased costs to ratepayers….http://www.mndaily.com/2009/12/07/nuclear-wrong-warming-reaction

December 9, 2009 Posted by | climate change, USA | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

USA and depleted uranium – damaging their own troops

Depleted uranium is nuclear war The Most Ignored & Covered Up by Mass Media News Story

“…………Hundreds of thousands of American troops contaminated, dying, and disabled from DepletedUranium by American arms….as well as Afghan civilians with acute symptoms of radiation poisoning along with chronic symptoms of internal uranium contamination, including congenital problems in newborns, and these birth defects are not limited to Afghans- or American troops- or this generation…. Continue reading

December 9, 2009 Posted by | USA, weapons and war | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

FDA concerned about excess radiation in medical tomography

FDA issues radiation exposure guidelines WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 (UPI) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it has issued interim recommendations to address concerns about excess radiation exposure in medical facilities. The FDA said its recommendations are part of an ongoing investigation into cases of excess radiation occurring during computed tomography perfusion brain imaging.

Federal officials issued an initial safety notification in October after learning of more than 200 patients who were exposed to excess radiation at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles during an 18-month period. Officials said they have also received reports of possible excess radiation from other states……http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2009/12/08/FDA-issues-radiation-exposure-guidelines/UPI-49601260291456/

December 9, 2009 Posted by | health, USA | , , , , | Leave a comment

Safety always an issue with nuclear plants

Nuclear plant still requires vigilance SeaCoastOnline.com 8 Dec 09 “………..Just recently, we learned the local plant is dealing with a problem faced by almost every nuclear plant in the country — debris that collects in the water that pools at the bottom of the building that houses the reactor and can be used to cool the plant in the event of an accident. Continue reading

December 9, 2009 Posted by | safety, USA | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Nuclear a contributor, not a solution, to global crisis

Can nuclear power be green and safe?

Socialist Worker Online Tony Staunton Dec 09 – the persistent problems with nuclear power

The threat of climate change has led some in the environmental movement to back nuclear power as a green source of energy.

But nuclear power is not part of the solution – it is part of the problem. Continue reading

December 9, 2009 Posted by | 2 WORLD, climate change, spinbuster | , , , , | Leave a comment

Two Israeli opinions on Iran and nuclear weapons

Iran can now produce nuclear bomb The Jerusalem Post By REBECCA ANNA STOIL 8 Dec 09 Israel’s most challenging strategic problem is the Iranian nuclear program, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told members of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Monday, during which he also painted a pessimistic view of the situation along Israel’s northern border. “In the last year, two things have happened: Iran has advanced its military nuclear program, and Iran has lost its legitimacy in the eyes of the international community,”

Netanyahu told the committee, adding that preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear capabilities was Israel’s “central problem.” “Our highest interest is in preventing Iran’s [nuclear] armament,” he said……..http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1260181014244&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

Israeli Press: Iran an excuse Arutz Sheva – israel national News by Boaz Haetzni 9 Dec 09 – “………..We would be better off if Netanyahu would give up the idea of attacking Iran, because we need a leader, not a weakling, in order to deal with the international pandemonium that will result……http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/9195

December 9, 2009 Posted by | Israel, weapons and war | , , | Leave a comment

Theft of uranium in Mumbai

Mumbai police arrest three with yellowcake news TRAK In

Mumbai, Dec 8 (ANI): The Mumbai Crime Branch Police have arrested three persons with five kilograms of uranium in Panvel, Navi Mumbai here.

According to the information received from the Police sources, the three people have been arrested with Yellowcake that is used in the preparation of uranium for nuclear fuel.

The seized uranium has been sent to the Bhava Atomic Research Center for testing.

The officials at the Department of Atomic Energy said the Mumbai Police has sent the sample of the uranium for testing…..http://trak.in/news/mumbai-police-arrests-three-with-yellowcake/32805/

December 9, 2009 Posted by | India, safety | , , , , , , | Leave a comment